|Olympus PEN E-P2 retro system camera
When the Olympus P1 was introduced, people admired this bold step by Olympus. The PEN camera was and is in many ways a unique camera, although Panasonic has now introduced a similar camera. The design of the Olympus PEN P2 camera is virtually identical to the P1, retro with a modern touch to it. It remains a great camera both to look at and to work with, as this Olympus E-PEN P2 surely stands out.
Olympus PEN E-P2 Micro Four Thirds camera
The expectations surrounding the first Olympus Micro Four Thirds camera were high, merely caused by Olympus itself. The brand started a small hype by showing a prototype design during one of the large camera shows, which made the minimum specifications increasingly more though. However, Olympus managed to fulfill most of the expectations and that is an achievement in itself.
Olympus E-P2 rises high expectations
There were some critical comments, most of which we consider to be right. But still, the first Olympus PEN micro Four Thirds system camera was a fact! And when the news about a fast introduction of a second PEN camera reached us, expectations rose high once again. You do take it out somewhat on the Olympus P2, partially after the technical tests, and partially also in response to the experience with the P1.
Olympus PEN P2 image quality
Let us briefly summarize things. As for image quality or rather; overall quality, it is like we're testing the P1 all over again. Excellent picture quality, good resolution and a special photography experience is what the Olympus Pen E-P2 stands for. Therefore we have to look for the tiny differences that on the one hand have a large impact on the photo experience, and on the other hand are only minimally present. The electronic viewfinder is great, truly a very special accessory and quite unique in the market. The AF Tracking is also a great addition, giving just that bit of extra AF power the P1 lacks.
Olympus PEN E-P2 differences marginal to the PEN E-P1
This brings us to a nagging feeling that we want to really need to get out of our system. It comes down to the fact, perhaps a little bit bold to state, that the Olympus PEN E-P2 should have been the P1. The comments on the P1 were not so surprising at all, in fact quite logical, however, perhaps there was no chance to further develop the P1 and introduce it at a later time. That would have meant Panasonic would have been the first to launch an actual compact Micro Four Thirds camera. The differences are actually marginal to be able to speak of two different cameras, and we are by no means trying to degrade the P1's qualities, but with both cameras side by side, you are not likely to opt for the P1? The price difference does draw a clear line in between the P1 and Olympus PEN E-P2. However, this is more like a forced segmentation than an actual difference in products.
Olympus PEN P2 system camera lets you enjoy digital photography
We did enjoy shooting with the Olympus PEN E-P2. And although we did not come across any surprises, shooting with the Olympus PEN P2 does seem to add that little bit of extra, like a special dimension to photography. I'm still not quite sure what it is, but the fact remains that I experience photography in a different way compared to shooting with a full-frame DSLR. Perhaps it is all the little details together that create such an experience. Anyway, the Olympus E PEN-P2 is a valuable addition to the Olympus Micro Four Thirds camera range. A camera that lets you enjoy digital photography even more!